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What is everyone else using as far as rubber on their 86 gixxers? I know the stock size is
F - 110/80-18
R - 140/70-18
but I'm having trouble even finding matching tires in that size?! I have a set of pirelli's on there now, but I'm gonna need some new tires in the next month and can't find them anywhere? Does anyone know of a decent set of tires to fit these wheels? or Should I just upgrade the wheels on the bike a bit? If I upgrade what wheels will bolt right on? Thanks for the help.
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I've got nearly 700mi on my Metzler ME4's and am very happy with them as far as traction wet or dry. Seem to be very stable with no signs of cupping. I do suspect they will wear quite quickly as compared to some of the other brands but I would rather have grip than mileage.

110/80/18 front
160/60/18 back

They also have a 120 size front which I may try as the 160 on the back fits so well.

http://www.discountmotorcycletire.com/metz_s.html?mgiToken=NNJP1823DM3C2KG2I#MEZ4
 

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Originally posted by Justice:
I've got nearly 700mi on my Metzler ME4's and am very happy with them as far as traction wet or dry. Seem to be very stable with no signs of cupping. I do suspect they will wear quite quickly as compared to some of the other brands but I would rather have grip than mileage.

110/80/18 front
160/60/18 back

They also have a 120 size front which I may try as the 160 on the back fits so well.

http://www.discountmotorcycletire.com/metz_s.html?mgiToken=NNJP1823DM3C2KG2I#MEZ4
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don't think about putting the 120 on your 2.5 rim!

I "almost" mounted the 120 that was mistakenly sent to me, but after I looked at having to make a 3.5" wide tire fit on my 2.75 I realized it was a no go

plus I got this reply:

Yes the rim size plays a very important role in tires.
We clearly fit the MEZ4 110/80ZR18 and 160/60ZR18 to your bike

Best Regards
Jeff Johnston
Metzeler Senior Product Specialist
MMTNA
100 Pirelli Dr.
Rome, GA 30162
706-368-5830
Fax 706 368-5879
WWW.US.METZELERMOTO.COM
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i've got 120/70/17 and 180/55/17 BT56SS tires.

the rear is an easy upgrade, but the front is mor complicated.
I swapped the whole front end out(highlt recommended), but it can be done with axle spacers and redrilled rotors/caliper mounts.
 

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Ok, so everyones changing their tire size... if I do this, won't my speedo be off? I mean I know most bikes have maybe 5% error anyways, but won't a different size wheel throw it completely out of whack? (Although I don't know how often it really matters what the speedo reads on a gixxer, because I'm not going the speed limit thats for sure!)
 

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Mr. Gixxer good point. Plus I haven't even used up the tire widths I've got on the bike now. Plenty of chicken strips left.

Mr. Slappy, I'm not the most aggressive rider but I think even the 160 and 110's are more than adequate for the street (IMO of course). Plus I'm trying to keep mine as close to stock as possible, in addition, if your poor like me it's far cheaper than changing rims. Though I do like how a 180 or 190 rear looks on the back as I dig the fat tire look.

[ 07-16-2002, 12:07 PM: Message edited by: Justice ]
 

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Originally posted by Justice:
Mr. Gixxer good point. Plus I haven't even used up the tire widths I've got on the bike now. Plenty of chicken strips left.

Mr. Slappy, I'm not the most aggressive rider but I think even the 160 and 110's are more than adequate for the street (IMO of course). Plus I'm trying to keep mine as close to stock as possible, in addition, if your poor like me it's far cheaper than changing rims. Though I do like how a 180 or 190 rear looks on the back as I dig the fat tire look.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I don't ride that hard either, but even I found myself running to the edge of a 160 fairly easily.
 

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Originally posted by MrSlappyPants:
Ok, so everyones changing their tire size... if I do this, won't my speedo be off? I mean I know most bikes have maybe 5% error anyways, but won't a different size wheel throw it completely out of whack? (Although I don't know how often it really matters what the speedo reads on a gixxer, because I'm not going the speed limit thats for sure!)
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">If you swap out the front, and get a wheel that has a speedo-drive fitting, just get the speedo-drive that came with that wheel, it will be as accurate as it ever was... I personally found the stock speedo difficult to read and in a bad position (I use a tank-bag a lot) so I got a BC1200 and got rid of the stock speedo. It's easier-to-read and I think it's as accurate as you can get short of a GPS.
 

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I have a 86 1100. I use Metzlers (spelling?).
On the rear I have an ME1 160-60-18. Front I have an ME33 Laser 110-70-18. I love the tires. You can run hard on them. I know many people like to make the switch over to 17 inch wheels. But remember this...Suzuki chose to put 18 inchers on it because they allow you to brake harder while leaning. The bike wont try to stand up if you have to use your brake in a corner. 17 inch wheels will, and forget 16 inch.
 
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